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From left, Elise Osteen, Audrey Brinker, and Jillian Tappendorf participate in a game of “Captain Says” during Immanuel Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School on Monday, June 6.

From left, Garden Club member Diana Richards, and Altamont Proud Citizen Award winners Gary and Durita Bagley.

2016 Altamont High School graduate Klaiton Wolff, seated, is shown signing a letter of intent to continue his baseball career at Greenville College. Pictured behind him, from left, are ACHS varsity baseball coach Alan Whitt, and Wolff’s parents, Candy and Kurt Wolff.

Members of the Fayette County Shooting Sports Club attended the Summer Sizzle Shoot on Saturday, June 4 at the Chillicothe Sportsman Club in Chillicothe, Ill. Pictured, from left: Nate Miller, Jacob Doedtman, Clay Miller, Dalton Lake and Beau Doedtman.

Efforts by both the City of St. Elmo and St. Elmo Fire Department have resulted in an improved Insurance Services Office rating and increased insurance premium savings for residents.


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Ballard Nature Center offers full slate of summer activities Print E-mail
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Monday, 27 June 2016 12:00

School may be out, but learning does not have to stop for area children, as Ballard Nature Center offers a variety of programs and activities for kids, says BNC employee Vanessa Doedtman.

The fishing pond is open throughout the year and is for kids 15 and younger. Bass, sunfish, and catfish can be found swimming its waters. While kids can enjoy hooking and reeling them in, all fish are to be caught and released, according to Doedtman. In addition, all Illinois Department of Natural Resources rules and regulations must be followed. Adults who aid their child in any way must have a fishing license.

July 11 and 25 present opportunities for children to learn about the sport. Rods, reels, hooks, and bait will be supplied to children of all ages from 1-3 p.m. Attendees will learn about local fish and receive instruction in the art of casting and catching.

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St. Elmo School Board holds budget hearing Print E-mail
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Monday, 27 June 2016 11:55

The St. Elmo Community Unit School District 202 Board of Education held a budget hearing prior to their regular meeting on Wednesday, June 22.

At the short special meeting, the board adopted the amended fiscal year 2016 budget. Superintendent Deb Philpot showed an estimated $52,860 balance. Expenses were cut again this year, finishing the year at $3,706,459 down from $3,744,646 in FY 2015 and $3,943,679 in FY 2014. Philpot explained that the district has been seeking creative ways to make cuts while battling relatively stagnant revenues. The school’s income was down nearly $22,000 from FY 2015.

The board then held its monthly meeting. The district insurance contract was approved in the amount of $69,502 from Razma Insurance as was a motion to approve the advertisement for milk, bread, and fuel bids.

The mandatory prevailing wage rate resolution was passed with member Chad Wilhour dissenting.

No changes were made to the student fee schedule for fiscal year 2017.

The board approved Go Solutions as Medicaid provider billing agent and the IASB PRESS policies were approved as presented at the April meeting, which require greater parameters for student discipline and a concussion protocol and committee oversight.

Diligent work by City, Fire Department leads to improved insurance rating Print E-mail
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Monday, 13 June 2016 11:38

When St. Elmo Mayor Ernie Myers announced at the June city board meeting that the City of St. Elmo’s Insurance Services Office rating has improved, it was the culmination of months of hard work by both city officials and fire department volunteers.

Fire Chief Doug Engeljohn stated that the fire department has been updating and upgrading its equipment over the past few years. Last year, the department purchased a new engine to replace a 1982 truck. The new purchase also replaced a 1957 water tanker.

Engeljohn added that the firefighters being committed to and participating in training helped to improve the rating from the organization. The department holds training sessions every Thursday, with approximately 10-12 firefighters attending each week.

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The Altamont News marking 135 years Print E-mail
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Monday, 13 June 2016 11:39

On Friday, Dec. 9, 1881, proprietors C.F. Coleman and G.M. LeCrone published the first issue of The Altamont News, and later this year will mark 135 years of the newspaper. As the anniversary approaches, we will publish periodic stories looking back at different aspects of the newspaper through the years.

For this opening story, we will revisit that very first issue from 1881.

As would be expected, the front page did not include any photographs, graphics, or interesting fonts. A simple banner displaying the name of the paper was included, but there were no attention-grabbing headlines. There were three sections: Current Topics, Late News Items, and President’s Message.

The pages were one column wider than today’s newspaper and the front page included no local news. Four of the seven columns were taken up by an address by U.S. President Chester A. Arthur, which was continued onto the fourth and final page. In the address, Arthur addressed each department of his Cabinet, as well as topical issues such as pensions and abolishing the Internal Revenue taxes.

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Altamont gathers to honor fallen soldiers Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 June 2016 12:15

The Altamont Masonic Lodge held its annual Memorial Day Parade followed by the annual Memorial Day service by Altamont VFW Post 7676 and American Legion Post 512 held in Union Cemetery on Monday, May 30.

The parade featured veterans, local firefighters and police officers, restored tractors, churches promoting Vacation Bible School programs, and the Altamont High School Marching Indians.

Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Hodge gave the keynote address centered on his experience in the military and the sacrifice of those soldiers remembered on Memorial Day.

VFW Post Commander Gary Larimore served as Master of Ceremonies for the service.

The Altamont High School Band played “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Taps” while a 21 gun salute was performed.

Following the service, the local Boy Scout troop held a pork burger fundraiser and the VFW offered a meal available for a free will donation.

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